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Police confirm suspected gang links in two Wellington shootings

Wellingtonians are being warned to expect an increase in the number of police in the city as an investigation into gang-related shootings in the city continues.

Inspector Warwick MacKee confirmed that the two shootings on Saturday morning – at Dixon St in the heart of the city and at Tremewan St in the northern suburb of Tawa – were and are believed to be gang-related.

It is understood police believe the two are linked to tensions between rival gangs the Mongrel Mob and King Cobras.

Two people from the Dixon St incident are hospitalized in critical condition. Seven people were arrested.

Bloodstains are marked and photographed outside a rental car shop in Dixon St.

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Bloodstains are marked and photographed outside a rental car shop in Dixon St.

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“Incidents with firearms are relatively rare in Wellington and distressing to our communities when they do occur,” McKee said.

“Police investigative staff are currently working to determine the circumstances of the incidents before bringing formal charges against those arrested, who remain in custody.”

The second shooting scene, at Tremewan St in Tawa.  Bullet holes could be seen in the window and siding of the house and a truck window was knocked down.

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The second shooting scene, at Tremewan St in Tawa. Bullet holes could be seen in the window and siding of the house and a truck window was knocked down.

Police have warned there will be an increased police presence in the city as the investigation continues. Further arrests were possible, they said.

In Tawa, the location of the second shooting, Mongrel Mob members were seen outside. Nick Berkland, whose home was shot down, confirmed he had ties to a gang, but said he did not know why his home was targeted around 7am on Saturday.

“I was making myself a coffee when a bullet went through the kitchen, just above my head. I could hear the snap, and I was like, ‘what was that? F…, is that a bullet hole?’ ”

Back in the city center on Saturday, the police cordon stretched around the corner of Taranaki Street, des Mills, at the Calendar Girls nightclub. A small area outside a car hire shop about 30 yards away on Dixon St was also cordoned off and bloody footprints were photographed.

Anyone with information should contact police on 105 and quote case number 220423/8189.